The joint military and police team patrolling the troubled Chereponi district in the North East Region have arrested eight suspects in connection to the communal violence in several Konkomba- and Chokosi-dominated villages which has claimed two lives.

Twenty communities have been affected with over 40 houses torched while scores of locals have sustained various degrees of injury.

The PRO of the Northern regional police command, DSP Mohammed Yussif Tanko, confirmed the incident to Class91.3FM and added that the security has also retrieved some six guns.

On Tuesday, 19 March 2018, he said the situation had been brought under control through intensified security operations within that enclave.

Several inhabitants, mostly children and women, fled the ravaged communities.